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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / 64 PBass Pickup



Jun 16th, 2016 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own a 64 PB in exceptional condition - everything looks legit and original. The only thing which I am concerned about is: The two pickups have different bobbins - one is black and one is grey ! Wire colour is copper instead of maroon on both.

I know that 64 is the transition year when Fender switched from black to grey bobbins, but a MIX of both on one bass - have you ever seen this ?


(This message was last edited by pastabassda at 04:58 PM, Jun 16th, 2016)



Fender power to the people!
Jun 17th, 2016 12:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have never seen that, but it isn't that surprising.
Leo was well known for not wasting anything.

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Jun 18th, 2016 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

6G6 is correct about Leo not wasting anything. I had a 64 P bass and wish I had checked it out but in 1974 I considered it a used Pawn Shop bass.. UGH

uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Jun 20th, 2016 04:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes,it happens,and the year of your bass is right when that could occur.
I do believe a discussion on this very topic happened here a few years back,when someone saw that feature on a bass offered on eBay.



Jun 20th, 2016 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

What - gray bobbins are as early as 1964? I thought they were phased in about 68-69.

uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Jun 20th, 2016 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a pic on the vintage site BY Clay Harrold (?);
Not everything on his site is spot on,but a lot of it is.
Scroll down to see picture,where he is actually talking about nail-holes,and comments on them being on a Stratocaster with a 1964 neckdate.
Elsewhere he shows a pic of a collection of grey bottom pickups from various models with date.


Grey '64.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jun 20th, 2016 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

My64 had mismatched coils. One was significantly lower wound than the other, making the D and G always weak. Had I figured this out the first two years I had it, I would have unwound the hotter coil or added wire to the weak coil. Instead, I bought a Dimarzio P pickup the year they first came out and the improvement was HUGE. The stock pickup always was noisy near neon bar signs. The Dimarzio, silent.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jun 29th, 2016 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  


Fender...never say never!

It's not that common, but I have seen other examples over the years of black/grey.

If you like the way your pickups sound, play on, have fun.

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